Can You Really Learn While You Sleep

Long before scientists and researchers were dissecting what happens to our brains when we close our eyes at night, my mom (and probably yours as well) was doling out the simple secret of how to do well on the next day’s big exam: get a good night’s sleep.

According to an article on, several research teams have found that sleep actually strengthens learning; it can help you to remember facts. In fact, a few years ago, a Harvard University study revealed that a good night’s sleep can enhance movement skills, things like playing a piece of music, riding a bike, or throwing a ball the way you want.

Heck, they could have just talked to my mom and saved themselves some effort.

The researchers — according to — created a number of test pictures that 56 young male and female subjects would not likely be familiar with, oval images of colorful abstract patterns.